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The Brewers trade Carlos Villanueva to Toronto

Dec 3, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT

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Not a  lot of detail on this one yet, but the Brewers have traded righty reliever Carlos Villanueva to the Blue Jays for a player to be named later.

Villanueva pitched in 50 games last year, posting a 4.61 ERA and striking out 67 guys in 52 innings. He allows quite a few base runners, however, and for each of the past two years he’s been decidedly “meh,” which is a scientific scouting term that I’m sure I couldn’t explain to you because it’s such a complicated concept.

Still: Villanueva’s strikeout rate last year was unusually high for him, leaping from 7.8 Ks per nine innings in 2009 — which was his norm over the previous few years — to 11.4 last year.  Freakish?  Or has he figured something out?

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 3, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    Either way, the Brewers NEED pitching. Doing this makes little sense.

    • brewcrewchamps - Dec 3, 2010 at 6:01 PM

      No, it makes a lot of sense. He sucks. The bullpen has a bunch of arms better than his.

  2. proudlycanadian - Dec 3, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    The Jays are obviously hoping that their coaches can teach him how to better keep runners off the bases. I do like the strikeouts..

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